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News Briefs for September 7, 2022

September 7, 2022

•The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has appointed Francis Creighton as its next president and CEO. Creighton joins WSWA from the Consumer Data Industry Association, an agency that represents the credit check industry, where he is currently the president and CEO. According to WSWA’s chairman of the board Tom Cole, Creighton’s appointment will bolster WSWA’s SipSource initiative as well as bring substantial experience with working with the government. In addition to his experience with the CDIA, Creighton has worked as the chief of staff for Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and in other government positions.

•Winebow Imports is set to welcome Washington state’s Matthews winery to its portfolio, effective October 1. Owned by the Otis family, Matthews last year brought onboard the winemaking team of Alex Stewart, Hal Iverson, and Jesse Schmidt, previously with Quilceda Creek winery. Along with the Matthews brand itself come portfoliomates Jaine—focused on whites and rosés—and Blackboard, known for blends from reserve-grade vineyards. The Matthews brands will reside in Winebow Imports’ Pioneer portfolio.

•Oregon’s Hood River Distillers has promoted David Ballew, naming him president and CEO of the company and expanding his responsibility beyond his previous purview as president. Ballew brings over 30 years of experience to his newly expanded role, including time in both the supply and distribution tiers, at companies like Moët Hennessy USA and Glazer’s, among others. Hood River’s current CEO, Ronald Dodge, will continue to serve as the distillery’s executive vice chair, where he will focus on developing partnerships and offer strategic guidance.

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